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I've received a Universal Reloading Machine from Bruce and dies from Dave as well.

Add my kudos to Bill's remarks as well.

Star History / Re: Star Price History
« on: December 30, 2012, 10:02:21 am »
Hello Bruce......

I have some Star Machine Works parts lists that were included with the Star Universal Reloader that I recently acquired.

The one that is dated 7/8/96 isn't on your here is the information.

Universal Reloader......................925.00
Extra Tool Head..........................345.00
Set of Dies.................................155.00

"Above items with carbide shell resizing die"

Survey Says... / Re: Dave Wilson (fc60) Master Machinist
« on: December 29, 2012, 04:20:26 pm »
More positive comments to an old thread....

I recently received my 38 special taper crimp die built by Dave Wilson.....and modified per my request to make it "case kicker" friendly.

Dave's work meets all the "form, fit and function" requirements that you would expect from a Master Machinist and worked like a charm.

Add my cudos to the other positive testimonies that I have seen about Dave's work.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: wtb 49 u angle lever cam
« on: December 23, 2012, 04:57:02 pm »
Ditto on my positive experience with orders to Bill Cunningham.

I did just as the previous folks mentioned.....sent him a detailed order with the parts item name and number and a check for the parts and an estimated shipping fee (based on USPS flat rate parkaging).  I've never tried to contact him via telephone.

I had the prices too low at first (based on the website) and he sent me a new price list....which I have used several times.  It is a two page (jpeg) list and the file was too large to attach to this posting.

I have been told that he travels a lot and checks the mail box when he in town....which may be a couple of weeks or so in between.

I have always got the parts back in a few weeks....packaged well and with a formal invoice for my records.

Star Reloaders / Re: Packing for shipment ?
« on: December 11, 2012, 10:07:44 pm »
The one that Bruce Williams sent me was packed very professionally....mounted on a solid wooden base...etc.

I would contact him for advice....if he doesn't respond to your request (which he probably will). :)

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTS Lee Case Feeder Adapters
« on: December 04, 2012, 09:05:30 pm »
My two brass case feeder adapters arrived today. :)

And like the other components that I have purchased from Bruce......they not only look great - they fit and work great! :)

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTS Lee Case Feeder Adapters
« on: November 29, 2012, 05:38:53 pm »
Hello Bruce......sign me up for two of these brass case feeder adapters and contact me via email for the details.

I believe you still have my email contact information but here it is:  k5vuu at comcast dot net


George aka Welsh Rifleman

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: Powder hopper for star universal
« on: November 13, 2012, 07:44:55 pm »
I had to buy another one of Bruce's to match the good looks of the first one I got.  ;D

Thanks for this information and advice!

I only shoot open sights with the original sights that came on these guns.  So, it seems that makes it simpler between the pistol and the revolver using the same load.

Thanks again for contributing on the forum.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB - Powder Drains
« on: October 09, 2012, 01:58:12 pm »
My two powder drains just arrived in the mail and they are already installed and working great! :)

I can add my hat to those who can recommend Maurilew as he does quality work.

Loading Data & Reloading Procedures / Bullseye Powder Charges for 4 Guns?
« on: October 09, 2012, 10:49:50 am »
I am a fairly recent member of this forum....but not recent to reloading and shooting.  In recent years, most of my shooting has been with off-hand shooting of single shot black powder cartridge rifles.....from 32-40 to 45-70 calibers.  I "mix" my own lead and tin to a 20 to 1 ratio for my cast bullets.  I have been using 2 Star Lube-Sizers for many years.

I recently "acquired" a Star Reloader in 38 spl cal and bought an additional one in 45 acp cal.  These machines have re-kindled my interested in getting my "bullseye" pistols out and blowing the dust off to see if I can still hit the black paper once in a while.  Not that I was ever very competitive....but I always had fun sending lead down range from a classic one-hand position.

I previously used 231 as my powder of choice....but now want to use I have some questions on the charges that you have found to be a good place to start for the following bullets and guns.  I know there are many threads on this forum containing information that helps on this quest and I have read most all of them to get a starting place for my questions on powder charges.

45 acp.....185 gn Lead SWC.....Colt Series 70 Gold Cup National Match

45 acp......185 gn Lead SWC.....Smith & Wesson Model 25-2

Question: What are my chances that the same powder charge will work for both 45 acp guns?

38 spl......148 gn Lead HBWC...Colt 1960's Vintage Gold Cup National Match

38 spl......148 gn Lead HBWC...Smith & Wesson Model 14-2

Question:  What are the chances that the same powder charge will work for both 38 spl guns?

I am fairly comfortable with the mechanical aspects related to the feeding and ejection issues and spring changes required when working loads.  I need some "wisdom" on the powder charges that you would recommend for Bullsye Powder.  I have a chronograph if you have recommendations on velocity.  My goal is not necessarily to make "one hole" but to rather....keep them all in the black!

Thanks for your participation in this forum.

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB - Powder Drains
« on: October 01, 2012, 05:57:48 pm »
And thanks to Bruce for aiming me in the right direction.  I am in contact with Maurilew and hopefully will have one of his powder drains on each of my 45acp and 38spl Universals. :)

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / Re: WTB - Powder Drains
« on: September 30, 2012, 08:14:18 pm »
Thanks Bruce.....I will contact Maurilew..... :)

Stars Want to Sell/Want to Buy / WTB - Powder Drains
« on: September 30, 2012, 02:30:54 pm »
I am interested in possibly buying some powder drains....what are my choices?

Star Reloaders / Are Star Reloaders Addictive?
« on: September 22, 2012, 08:19:32 am »
I recently "acquired" a Star Universal from a friend who bought it from a friend...etc.  It was set up for 38 Special and he didn't shoot 38 Special!

After blowing the dust off and giving it a good cleaning and oiling....I discovered I was becoming addicted to this machine and after finding this forum I ended up buying a rebuilt Universal set up for 45 acp as well and now have to blow the dust off my Bullseye pistols so I will have something to shoot up the ammo I'm now producing.....with the new supply of Bullesye powder and small pistol primers I had to go out and buy...not to mention the cases...etc...etc...etc...

By the way, I purchased the rebuilt Universal from Bruce Williams and it is a beauty!  Nice work Bruce.

And thanks to all the fellow "addicts' who provide such a valuable resource for learning the "tricks" for running a Star...and finding the parts that I can buy to feed my new interest.

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